00:01    |    
Initial credits
00:25    |    
Introduction by Mary Anastasia O'Grady
01:24    |    
Presentation of the panel
01:33    |    
Edward H. Crane
American experience
The New Deal
Individual liberty
Neoconservative movement
Supply-side movement
Phenomenon in the United States
10:24    |    
Emilio J. Pacheco
History of freedom in Latin America
Cuban Revolution
The armed struggle
End of the Cold War
Carlos Menem
Carlos Andrés Pérez
Washington Consensus
Return of Fidel Castro
General conclusions
Results of the Washington Consensus
Future of liberty
20:52    |    
Lawrence W. Reed
Freedom in the last half century
Loss of liberty
Personal story
27:09    |    
Question and answer period
Entitlements in the welfare state
Crane, Tony BlairEconomic growth
Pacheco, Latin AmericaServile state
Reed, long-term liabilitiesImmorality of the state programs
How influential is the UN in promoting the welfare state and government intervention in markets?
What terms should be used when referring to a capitalism system?
Has there been a failure in democracy in the past fifty years?
Reed, politicians
Pacheco, Venezuela
Crane, principle of nonaggression
Are there beacons of freedom outside the United States? What contribution can technology make to freedom?
Crane, technology at UFM
Reed, India
Crane, China
Pacheco, Latin America
What elements had a great influence on the progress of freedom in the last fifty years?
Pacheco, Catholic church
Crane, media
Reed, popular cultureAntz movie
Is freedom the basis of a society or the result of a particular aspect of a society?
What has happened to the rule of law during the last fifty years?
01:00:17    |    
Final words
01:00:30    |    
Final credits




The Progress of Freedom: The Last 50 Years of Freedom

About this video

In this video, a panel of experts analyzes the high and low points experienced by freedom during the last half century. Their observations focus on the United States and Latin America and draw on their many years of experience at the Cato Institute, Liberty Fund, and the Foundation for Economic Education. The specific topics explored in this discussion include the distinction between liberty and democracy, the welfare state, the influence of the United States abroad, and the role of technology and new media outlets in promoting the cause of freedom around the world. The influence of specific institutions, including the United Nations and the Catholic church, are also examined. The discussion ends with a look at the serious consequences resulting from the deterioration of the rule of law during the last fifty years.


The Progress of Freedom: The Last 50 Years of Freedom
Acton Institute

Juan Bautista Gutierrez Auditorium
Universidad Francisco Marroquín
Guatemala, November 16, 2009

New Media - UFM production.  Guatemala, December 2009
Camera: Rodrigo Escalante, Manuel Alvarez, Mario Estrada; digital editing: Mynor de Leon; index and synopsis: Sergio Bustamante; content reviser: Jennifer Keller; publication: Mario Pivaral/Carlos Petz


Nuestra misión es la enseñanza y difusión de los principios éticos, jurídicos y económicos de una sociedad de personas libres y responsables.

Universidad Francisco Marroquín